Articles 2020


Why Young Lawyers Should Care about the Law Society Bencher Elections

  • February 07, 2019
  • Kate Julien

Law Society of Ontario (LSO) Bencher elections are coming up soon. In our busy world juggling the early years of practice with family life, staying healthy and going to the OBA’s many interesting events, it is hard to engage with everything. Here are some reasons why you should engage with this year’s elections.

Student Forum, Young Lawyers' Division

Alternative Career Paths for Young Lawyers

  • February 06, 2019
  • Alexandra Mealia

You got into law school, obtained your J.D., passed the Barrister and Solicitor exams, completed your practical experience requirement, and have been called to the Bar. Congratulations! What else can you do with your law degree other than practice law? Read on for an exploration of potential paths available to young lawyers looking for a new direction.

Student Forum, Young Lawyers' Division

Termination of Employment: Eight Common Myths

  • February 06, 2019
  • Behzad Hassibi, lawyer at Israel Foulon LLP

This article identifies, corrects and clarifies eight of the most popular myths relating to termination of employment. Read on for a primer on common law and statutory entitlements, layoffs versus termination, releases, the impact of new employment after termination, and working notice.

Student Forum, Young Lawyers' Division

The Implications of the Proposed Changes to and Ultimate Repeal of the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009

  • February 04, 2019
  • David McRobert

The Ontario Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 (TRA) provided cost-effective benefits that were distinct and broader in scope than the federal Chemicals Management Plan under CEPA. The TRA had potential to make large reductions in toxic discharges over time, particularly if more of its provisions were brought into force. Despite this, however, Ontario proposed to repeal the TRA by the end of 2021. Doing so, significant transparency in toxics reduction could be lost, as well.

Environmental Law, Student Forum

Maintaining Equilibrium: The Supreme Court Defines the Boundaries of Good Faith

  • February 04, 2019
  • Colin Pendrith, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

In the recent decision of Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corp. v. Hydro Québec, the Supreme Court of Canada considered the scope of the duty of good faith to re-write a contract, touching upon the heightened duty that can exist in “relational contracts”, such as franchise agreements.

Franchise Law, Student Forum

Blaney's Appeals: Ontario Court of Appeal Summaries (January 21 – 25, 2019)

  • January 30, 2019
  • John Polyzogopoulos

This week’s summaries of the civil decisions of the Court of Appeal for Ontario touch on a variety of topics including commercial tenancies, residential tenancies, oppression in the condo law context, the expiry of a tolling agreement, restarting the limitation period clock, municipal law and health law.

Civil Litigation, Student Forum

Meet Your 2018-2019 Executive: Part IV

  • January 29, 2019
  • Madeleine Tyber

Get to know the members of the Public Sector Lawyers Executive in this series of articles.

Public Sector Lawyers, Student Forum

How to Get the Most Out of Your CPD Hours

  • January 29, 2019
  • Julia Werneburg, associate at Gowling WLG; and Jenny Thistle, articling student

Investing time and money into continuing professional development (CPD) can allow you to navigate new technologies, keep up with emerging issues, and make sure that you’re using the best tools and most current information to serve your clients. It is also an opportunity to refresh core competencies.

Student Forum, Young Lawyers' Division